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Title: The Relevance of the Buddhist Theory of Dependent Co-origination to Cognitive Science
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: Michael Kurak

Description: The canonical Buddhist account of the cognitive processes underlying our experience of the world
prefigures recent developments in neuroscience. The developments in question are centered on two main trends in
neuroscience research and thinking. The first of these involves the idea that our everyday experience of ourselves
and of the world consists in a series of discrete microstates. The second closely related notion is that affective
structures and systems play critical roles in governing the formation of such states. Both of these ideas are
contained within the Buddhist theory of dependent co-origination. This paper explicates the theory of dependent
co-origination in light of the aforementioned developments. It examines the role of the theory of dependent coorigination
within Buddhism and it draws attention to critical differences with the neuroscientific account of the
same process. Finally, it discusses specific ways in which these differences may be usefully applied to neuroscience
research and thinking.

Publisher Place: Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Publisher URL: http://www.kluweronline.com/issn/1389-1987
Published Date: 2003-12
URL: http://ipsapp007.kluweronline.com/IPS/content/search/ext/x/J/4557/I/12/A/4/abstract.htm?Action=view&collection=kap&QueryZip=j%3D4557+and+%28%28kurak%29%3Cin%3Ebody%29+AND+DDATE%3C%3D05%2F25%2F2004&ViewTemplate=V1.hts&ResultTemplate=s2.hts&ResultField=11E2E2E23070&VDKVgwKey=%5C%5Cipsnetapp001%5Chome%5Cjournals_protected%5CKAP_BRAM%5CIssues%5C2003-4-3%5Ctexts%5Ckap.474112.html&DocOffset=1&J=4557&I=12&A=4&T=0&U=1&vLoc=S1&hUAIN=0&VPgNum=1#
Extent: 11 p.
Subject: Science
Cognitive science
Dependent origination
Classification: Buddhism and Science -- International Science -- Cognitive Science
Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Emptiness/Dependent Origination
Cultural Coverage: United States
Temporal coverage: 21st century CE
Language: English
Interface Language: English
Source: Brain and Mind
Source Editor: John Bickle
Source Type: Journal
Source Volume: 4
Source Number: 3
Source Page Numbers: 341-351
Start Date: 2000
End Date: 2004
Frequency of publication: Three times a year
Submissions: Brain and Mind has been discontinued as of 2004.
ISBN/ISSN: 1389-1987

Means of availability: Should be available as a pdf file for free at publisher's webpage.

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Print media (print or manuscript, including PDFs)
Media type: Text
Resource Type: Article
Digital Encoding: pdf
Reader Rating: modest interest
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Date Of Record Creation: 2004-05-25 16:22:32
Date Record Checked: 2004-05-25
Date Last Modified: 2005-12-19 11:54:32
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